The center said Sally could hit the coast with “life-threatening storms,” flooding with strong winds and torrential rain.
“I know for many people this storm originated from anywhere,” Louisiana Gov. John Bell Edwards said. “We need everyone to pay attention to this storm. Let’s take it seriously.”
Edwards urged people to prepare for the storm immediately. He also said that there are still many people from southwestern Louisiana who moved from Hurricane Laura to New Orleans – in the same area that could have been hit by Sally, which is a slow-moving storm.
“The forecast is particularly intriguing because intensification is getting too close to the ground and small track changes will affect how long the water will take to accelerate,” said CBS News weather producer David Parkinson. “On the coast, heavy rains, isolated floods and strong winds will begin to rise.”
Mississippi officials warned that the storm coincides with high tides, causing significant storm surges.
“Said late on Sunday,” it should be understood by all our friends in the coastal area and in south Mississippi that if you live in the lowlands, the time to get out is tomorrow morning.
Jeffrey Gagnard of Chalamete, Louisiana, was spending Sunday in Mississippi, helping his parents prepare their home for Sally – and making sure they were safely out in front of the storm.
“I mean, after Katrina, anything on and off the water, you’re going to be serious,” he said in the backseat of his SUV with cases of bottled water in the parking lot of a grocery store in Waverland, Mississippi Had loaded . “You can’t take anything for granted.”
Gagnard said he planned to move back across the state line to prepare his home for the winds and rain Sally hoped to bring to the New Orleans area.
The system was moving west-northwest at 9 mph on Monday morning, with maximum winds of 60 mph. It was located 120 miles east-southeast of the Mississippi River mouth and 175 miles southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi.
On Sunday, Florida’s Gulf Coast was brightened with windy, wet weather.
Pensacola on Panhandle, Florida received 10 to 15 inches of rain.
Forecasters said Sally could expect up to 24 inches of rain by the middle of the week.
“This system is forecast to bring not only dangerous winds but dangerous storms,” said Daniel Brown of the Hurricane Center. “Because it is slowing down, it can produce massive amounts of rainfall in the coming days.”
A mandatory evacuation has been issued in the Grand Isle of Louisiana before the storm. On Saturday, New Orleans Mayor Laotoy Cantrell issued a mandatory evacuation order for Orleans Parish residents living outside the parish’s leave protection system.
All northern Gulf Coast states are urging residents to prepare.
“It is likely that this hurricane system is impacting the Gulf Coast of Alabama. While it is not currently predicted as a direct hit in our coastal areas, we are well aware that we should consider the threat in light Not to be taken, ”the government of Alabama said. . He urged residents to provide information about the route of the storm in the coming days and be prepared.
Sally is hardly the only hurricane in the Atlantic basin. According to the advice of the US National Hurricane Center, Paulette achieved storm conditions late Saturday and was expected to bring storms, coastal flooding and high winds to Bermuda. Tropical Storm René was once estimated to become a remnant on Monday. The Tropical Depression Twenty strengthened on Monday morning at the Tropical Storm Teddy and was expected to form a storm later in the week.